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Decalogue Society of Lawyers honors Andrea Schleifer with Presidential Citation Award

Posted on July 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Judge Michael Hyman presents the Decalogue Society Presidential Citation Award to Andrea Schleifer.
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers bestowed its Presidential Citation Award on Andrea M. Schleifer at the  76th Annual Meeting and Installation of Decalogue Officers on Thursday, June 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. According to outgoing Decalogue President Barry Goldberg, “Andrea Schleifer was selected to receive the Presidential Citation Award because of her unswerving and long-time devotion to Decalogue, and for being at the forefront of virtually every social justice action spearheaded by Decalogue this past year, without ever seeking personal credit.”  Goldberg also added, “Among other actions, Andy acted on Decalogue’s behalf to advocate for religious and cultural sensitivity training among Judges and attorneys.  She virtually single-handedly acted to bring Decalogue’s concerns to the attention of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization when the Egyptian government officially acted to prevent Jewish researchers, doctors and cancer survivors from entering the country to attend an international conference on Breast Cancer Awareness.” She was chiefly responsible for Decalogue being a co-sponsor at the memorial service held at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago on behalf of the victims of the mass shooting at a GLBT Community Center in Tel Aviv last fall. Schleifer is the founder and principal of Andrea M. Schleifer & Associates, P.C., a Chicago-based firm concentrating in family law and general civil litigation.  Schleifer served as a board member of Decalogue between 2002 and 2009 and also for eight years between 1987 and 1995.  She was President of the Decalogue for the 2008-2009 term.

Corkery named partner at Boyle Brasher

Posted on June 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Andrew Corkery has been named partner at Boyle Brasher LLC. He works in the firm's Belleville office. The firm also has offices in St. Louis and Memphis. His practice primarily focuses on representing railroads and hospitals or other health care providers in litigation. Mr. Corkery is a 2000 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He is also licensed in Missouri and Tennessee.

Ellen Bruce joins Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr

Posted on June 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The law firm of Sgro, Hanrahan & Durr, LLP of Springfield, Illinois is proud to announce the affiliation of Ellen C. Bruce as an associate. Ms. Bruce is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the Colby College of Waterville, Maine. She has prior experience as an Assistant Attorney General with the General Law Division. She will be concentrating her practice in the field of general civil law including litigation, Workers' Compensation, automobile accidents and estate planning.

Gawne joins Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC

Posted on June 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Kelly L. Gawne
Lebow, Malecki & Tasch LLC of Chicago is pleased to announce that Kelly L. Gawne has joined the firm as an associate.  She will continue her focus on corporate transactions and health care law.  Ms. Gawne brings to the position previous experience assisting public and private companies with commercial transactions, entity formation and governance matters, compliance with federal and state law, and negotiation and drafting of vendor, supply and consulting agreements.  Her healthcare experience includes counseling clients on medical staff issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, Stark law and regulatory compliance. Previously Ms. Gawne was an associate with the Chicago office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.  In this position, she served clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, information technology, privacy laws and regulatory compliance. Ms. Gawne graduated with high honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007, where she also served as Managing Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  During law school, Ms. Gawne was an extern for The Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court and for The Honorable Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Gawne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Loyola University in Chicago in 2000.

Douglas Frank Spesia 1940-2010

Posted on June 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Douglas F. Spesia
Douglas Frank Spesia died peacefully at his home on Friday after a 10-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born October 11, 1940 in Joliet. Mr. Spesia graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was a proud member of Joliet's first all-star team which played in the 1953 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. On June 12, 1965, he married Loretta Wiesbrook and joined the oldest law firm in Joliet, which is now Spesia & Ayers. He had a distinguished and rewarding 45-year career as an attorney, and spent his adult life involved in the Cathedral of St. Raymond parish. An active volunteer, he served on the boards of many organizations including: President of the Joliet Montessori School Board, past President of the Will County Bar Association, President of the Joliet Rotary Club and host of exchange students, founding member of the Will County Community Foundation, and a committed supporter of Catholic Charities' Daybreak Shelter. An avid reader whose wide range of interests led to a life of incredible travel -- from family camping across the United States and Canada to world-wide trips with dear friends that covered six continents.

Arquilla DeBoni joins Romanucci & Blandin

Posted on June 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Gina Arquilla DeBoni
Gina Arquilla DeBoni has joined the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, as a managing attorney. Romanucci & Blandin provides clients with experienced and skilled representation in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims. DeBoni, who is an elected member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, has chaired several fundraisers for the ISBA’s Young Lawyers Division, raising thousands of dollars for the Children’s Assistance Fund.  She was the YLD chair in 2008-09. She recently completed a three-year term on the ABA’s House of Delegates, and is the ABA Young Lawyers Division District 15 representative, where she coordinates legal services in the event of a disaster.  She is also active in the Justinian Society of Lawyers and a board member of the Italian American Political Coalition. DeBoni has been named twice as a “Rising Star” in the field of law by Chicago magazine. She received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2002 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1997. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60602, contact or call (312) 458-1000.

ATG, Shulruff presented with 2010 Liberty Bell Award

Posted on June 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Hank Shulruff
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc. (ATG), the only bar-related title insurance company based in Illinois, is the recipient of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County 2010 Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award is an annual award given to an organization that demonstrates outstanding commitment and service to the community. ATG has played an integral role in an unprecedented effort to help Chicagoland homeowners at-risk of foreclosure modify their loans via a series of “Fix Your Mortgage” and “Keep Your Home” foreclosure-prevention events. “In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, ATG is a leader in providing services to at-risk homeowners,” said Chief Judge James K. Booras of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.  “We are proud of their dedicated volunteer work and ability to use the force of their membership to provide services to communities battling foreclosure.” Through its extensive member network, ATG has recruited and helped to train more than 500 volunteer attorneys to assist homeowners at these events.

Gatziolis, Karton, Maras named to Union League Club offices

Posted on June 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Three attorneys were installed June 8 as officers of the prestigious, 131-year-old Union League Club of Chicago. The new president is James J. Gatziolis, a founding partner of the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady. A 1973 graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a certified public accountant, he has chaired several ULCC committees and is a trustee of its Boys & Girls Clubs. Serving as first vice president is Robert M. Karton of Robert M. Karton Ltd, a 1965 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law. A former assistant state’s attorney, he has been in private civil practice since 1968 and is Great Lakes Region legal officer of the Civil Air Patrol. Guy N. Maras, a partner with Hennessy & Roach in workers’ compensation, was elected to his second term as club secretary. A 1995 graduate of The John Marshall Law School and former editor of its Journal of Computer and Information Law, he has a master’s degree in public policy from DePaul.

Illinois Judges Association installs 2010-2011 officers

Posted on June 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Officers of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) for 2010-11 were installed at the organization’s Annual Meeting held recently at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  The new officers are (from left) Judge Michael B. Hyman, Circuit Court of Cook County, Secretary; Justice M. Carol Pope, 4th Appellate District, Third Vice President; Justice Mary S. Schostok, 2nd Appellate District, First Vice President; Judge Lewis M. Nixon, Circuit Court of Cook County, President; Judge Rita M. Novak, Circuit Court of Cook County, Second Vice President; and Judge Robert J. Anderson, Circuit Court of DuPage County, Treasurer.

Arnoff inducted as Fellow by College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Posted on June 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is proud to announce the election of long-time Evanston resident Alisa Arnoff of Scalambrino & Arnoff, LLP as a newly elected Fellow. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by ones colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The 15th installation of Fellows will be held Nov. 6, 2010 in Chicago, coincident with the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section's Continuing Legal Education Conference. With the current installation, the College is represented by almost 1,100 members in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. The College was the vision of a number of the Fellows. The idea was to further establish this profession in all its aspects as one uniquely important to the world of labor and employment law, individual rights, collective bargaining and dispute resolution. The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of The Section of Labor and Employment Law of The American Bar Association. It operates as a free standing organization recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.